Table 9

Correlation between ECM1 staining intensity and LMVD (LMV per 200× field of vision)

ECM1 expression intensity


Tissue type

-

+

++

+++

r

P


Cancer tissues

7.50 ± 1.63(10)

14.73 ± 2.81(22)

15.57 ± 3.80(7)

1.50 ± 2.50(2)

0.347

0.026*

Lymph nodes

2.71 ± 0.62(28)

10.44 ± 3.06(9)

14.00 ± 9.08(3)

13(1)

0.604

< 0.001*


* P < 0.05 is considered statistically significant

Within parenthesis: number of eligible cases. Abbreviation: LMVD: lymphatic microvessel density; LMV per 200× field of vision: lymphatic microvessel 200× field of vision

Wu et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:47   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-47

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